Brockhoff, a good-natured year-old who came out as gay on national television in response to the laws and is a key part of a campaign against them, is making her final preparations ahead of her first Olympic appearance on Feb. A second law bans gay foreign couples from adopting Russian children. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said athletes can make political statements at press conferences - not during the competition - and has said the organization opposes any form of discrimination. For the most part, gay-rights groups will apply pressure from outside Russia mostly through social media. She is one of a handful of out gay athletes competing in Sochi and one of two who came out in response to the Russian laws and are now working with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit group pushing for LGBT equality in locker rooms worldwide.
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Which is why I encourage you all to root for the following LGBTQ Olympic athletes, even if you're not queer and find all sports — including incredibly good ice skating-based ones — banal. It's a thrilling year to watch. While Pyeongchang isn't expected to have as many out athletes as Rio in , which had the highest number on record, there are still so many LGBTQ heartthrobs — sorry, um, talented athletes — worth celebrating. Obviously, we'll all be applauding their bravery and resilience, and not just their pilates abs. Adam Rippon will be the first out gay ice skater to represent the United States in the Olympics — a fact that, given everything we've stereotyped about ice skating, boggles the mind.
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Shaun Roger White born September 3, is an American professional snowboarder , skateboarder and musician. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. White was born in San Diego, California. His ancestry includes Irish and Italian.
Lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT athletes have competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games , either openly, or having come out some time afterward. Cyd Zeigler, Jr. Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games called the lack of openly gay athletes a symptom, not the problem, of the Olympic Games. In , after that year's Winter Olympics were held in Russia — a country that had recently banned the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" among minors, the IOC amended its host city contracts for the Winter Olympics to include an anti-discrimination provision based on Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter which itself includes sexual orientation.